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Amsterdam opens North-South Metro line 52 – Noord/Zuidlijn

The Noord/Zuidlijn is a fact. After countless delays and huge cost overruns, the controversial metro line is finally in service.

However, it remains controversial. To ‘encourage’ use of the new line the city’s public transport network has been drastically overhauled. Many Amsterdammers will have to transfer more often, but — says the transportation company — will save time in the process.

Amsterdam Rankings: Quality of Life, Cost of Living, Crime Rate, Culture…

Amsterdam again ranks fourth place on the index of the most dynamic cities in Europe as reported by Savills IM. Amsterdam is ranked as the 50th most expensive city in the world for expats according to Mercer’s 2018 Cost of Living Survey. The significant jump over last year’s position is due to the high cost of rental properties, as well as the strong position of the euro against the dollar.

Ice skating on Amsterdam canals – Winter of 2018

If the freezing temperatures predicted for this coming week persist, with any luck we’ll be able to ice skate on the canals of Amsterdam. The last time that happened was in February 2012.

The City of Amsterdam maintains an Ice Protocol that details the various steps the Water Authority should take in order to make ice skating possible.

Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018: The Ice Protocol has gone into effect!

Amsterdam court bans beer-bikes

Effective immediately, beer bikes — Moron Movers, as many locals refer to them — have been banned from the center of Amsterdam.

After years of legal wrangling, a court has issued a verdict acknowledging that the City’s restrictions are legal.

Amsterdam Europe’s Eight Most Popular City Destination

Amsterdam is Europe’s eight most popular city destination for international tourists.

It also ranks in 27th place on a listing of the world’s leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals.

The organization behind the index does not that places such as Venice, Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam, are suffering from excessive tourism.